As dogs grow older, their joints tend to become stiffer and less mobile, causing a great deal of discomfort and limiting how much and how fast they can move around. This can be extremely uncomfortable for them, and as pet owners, we want to do everything we can to make life as comfortable for them as possible. If arthritis and other forms of joint disease are becoming an issue, we recommend talking to your veterinarian about Novox. This is a chewable tablet which reduces inflammation in dogs' joints without the use of steroids. It is also useful for controlling postoperative pain in canines, so if your dog has experienced surgery-related stiffness as of late, this might be worth talking to your vet about. Please note you will need a valid prescription from your veterinarian in order to purchase this product.
What is Novox and what does it treat?
Novox is a NSAID (Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drug) used to treat pain and inflammation in your dog’s joints. If your pet is suffering from arthritis or other joint diseases, this medication can be used to help relieve their discomfort and increase their mobility. Because it helps enhance a canine’s ability to move, it can also be administered to dogs suffering from postoperative pain and stiffness. How does Novox reduce my dog’s discomfort?
NSAIDS, like Novox, inhibit the production of prostaglandins in your dog’s cells. What this basically means is: When your dog takes Novox, they produce fewer chemicals which trigger inflammation and stiffness. This is why it is useful for dogs suffering from arthritis and other joint diseases. Do I need a prescription from my veterinarian to purchase Novox?
Yes, you can only purchase Novox if you have a valid prescription from a licensed veterinarian. What questions should I ask my veterinarian when discussing Novox?
What questions should my veterinarian ask me?
- What examinations and tests will be necessary when my pet’s taking Novox?
- How long will treatment last?
- When should I start noticing results?
- What other treatment options do I have?
Is Novox safe for cats?
- Does your dog have a history of stomach ulcers or other stomach-related issues?
- Does your dog have any allergies, to your knowledge?
- Is your dog currently on any other medications?
- Does your dog have any heart, kidney, or liver problems?
No. This medication is for dogs only. It is not considered safe for cats. Is Novox safe for pregnant, lactating, or breeding dogs?
The exact effect Novox has on pregnant, lactating, and breeding dogs is not known. Be sure to consult your veterinarian on this topic if your dog falls under any of said categories. Should I give Novox to my dog if they’re on other medications?
Novox has the potential to interact with other drugs. This is why you should be upfront with your veterinarian about any other medications your dog is on. This includes vitamins, supplements, steroids, anticoagulants, and antidiabetic drugs. How do I store this medication?
Novox should always be stored at room temperature; never expose it to high heat. Since this chewable has a very tasty flavor to it, you should keep it locked away; there’s a risk of overdose if your dog consumes more than the daily dose prescribed by your veterinarian. How often should I administer this medication?
Always follow your veterinarian’s instructions when it comes to administering this medication. The dose they prescribe is the dose you are to give. What should I do if I miss a dose?
Consult your veterinarian first, but here are general suggestions:
What side effects should I be prepared for?
- If you are giving this drug once a day and you miss a dose, give it within 12 hours of the missed dose. Do not double doses if you are giving the medication once a day as it can be toxic to your dog.
- If you are giving this drug twice a day and you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember or with the next dose. Otherwise skip the dose and give the next dose at the regularly scheduled time.
- Novox is considered safe to use in the vast majority of dogs, and the risk of side effects occurring appears to be less than 1%. Rarely, serious side effects and sometimes death have been reported.
- The most common side effects reported with Novox use are decreased appetite, vomiting (including blood in the vomit), diarrhea, or blood in the stool. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of these.
- This medication may effect the kidneys or the liver. Contact your veterinarian if you notice your dog’s water intake or urinary habits have changed, or if you see any yellowing of the gums, skin or in the white of the eyes.
- Immediately contact your veterinarian if your dog becomes lethargic, uncoordinated, has seizures, or exhibits changes in behavior.